As a lot of you on here know already, I am always happy to see a MK1 Volvo C70 Coupé get some much needed recognition from the motoring press and from fans alike, especially considering that even the early ones are hitting 20+ years old. To see recognition being given once again to a car that most have forgotten about, as an owner It has to be celebrated and applauded and in my opinion, one of the best ways to do that is by having a really well made & detailed scaled-down model of the car in question. This is where DNA Collectibles come in.
For those that may not of heard of DNA Collectibles, they are a company based out in Switzerland that build highly detailed Resin models of cars. Think of them as a competitor to AutoArt if you so wish. DNA Collectibles have only been around since 2017 but ever since launch they have made a good handful of very good models, those of which include the Peel Engineered P50 as well as the Bond Bug. Since launching the company, DNA Collectibles have won numerous UK Diecast awards in the 1/18th scale category for a good handful of their models, with the latest being awarded to their Volvo P1800 ‘Jensen’.
Over the last few months and well over the last year they have been making a good few well-known Volvo & Saab models for us Swedish car nuts to go mad over with some of these including the Saab 9-3 Turbo X, the Volvo 780, the Volvo V70 P2R and recently both the Saab 9-4X and the Saab 9000 Aero. Within that lot, DNA decided to create a P80 MK1 Volvo C70 Convertible and it sold really well in the Volvo Community and ever since then, they have been inundated with requests for a C70 Coupé for the rest of us C70 owners and after months of requests, they have finally gave in and are in the process of making a 1/18th scale model of the C70 Coupé and I couldn’t be happier!
Why am I happy you may ask? Well, It’s simple really. Not a lot of model car companies create scaled down models of Volvo’s, let alone C70’s so to get the chance to own a 1/18th scale model of the vehicle you have in real life is honestly an incredible yet weird feeling. Now DNA Collectibles are not the first to ever recreate the C70 as a scaled down model, in fact numerous model companies have made models of them for Dealership networks and collectors the world over. So far, the French company Minichamps have been the only real company to get the detailing right. The only issue for 1/18th scale fans, the Minichamps model was only available as a 1/43 scale model as it was intended for multiple Dealership networks around the world for both salesmen and customers.
Now DNA have stepped up to the plate, from my knowledge, this new model they have planned will be the largest C70 Scale model available for us Model Car collectors. Out of all the scales available for model cars, I am a big fan of 1/18th scale models simply due to the size of them. unlike a 1/43 scale model that has very small & delicate parts, 1/18th scale models of course don’t have that issue. On top of that, if you are one of those model collectors that like modifying their cars, a 1/18th scale model is the perfect size for that!
With news that DNA are creating a C70 Coupé, I’ll definitely be getting one for a good few reasons. First of all, the model in question will be painted the same colour as ProjectC70 – Saffron Orange Pearl. Secondly, as mentioned earlier, It’ll be a great feeling to have a scaled down model of the car you own IRL. Thirdly, I’ve never had a DNA Collectibles model before so this’ll be my first entrance into the world of DNA products and their renown build quality. It’ll also be nice to see any potential for modifications to said model to recreate a 1/18th scale model of the actual ProjectC70 – wheels and everything!
Recently I myself have been wanting to create a glass cabinet to hold all of the models I currently have and while I have many models, one of which I’m not going to release too much info about, to have a C70 in my favourite scale of models would be a brilliant thing to get a hold of regardless of how much it’ll cost. DNA products aren’t entirely cheap but considering the amount of detail that goes into each and every model, It’s no surprise that a good majority of DNA customers go back to buy more models off of them each time a new one is released.
Owning a model like that also brings in a new side into being a car guy. While I have done numerous jobs and changes to ProjectC70, not once have I ever contemplated on modifying or even changing up a model due to the amount of work that is involved with such a thing but with this new one in the works, it looks as if that’ll soon be changing. In the 1/18th scale market, there is a lot of parts and bits and pieces that can be bought for them for modifying so it shouldn’t be too difficult to change around. Best bit as well, If I feel that I can’t do the job myself due to the risk of breaking something, there’s a lot of people that modify scale models for a living so I shouldn’t be stuck If I wanted to create a smaller replica of ProjectC70.
Dates and prices haven’t been released just yet but I assume it to be released sometime later this year and by going off of other items DNA sell, I expect it to be over £100 but considering the detailing that goes into them, I personally feel as if It’s worth the wait for one. I for one can’t wait to buy one to add to my collection and if you, like me, have a penchant for both model cars as well as a love for the MK1 C70, I’d be on the lookout for when it officially drops so you as well can buy one!
Hope You Enjoy!
By Alex Jebson